Given the magnitude of their summer signings, Reading were expected to be right among the chasing pack during the 2015/16 campaign and after a good start to the season the early signs looked promising.
A run of five games without a win however has seen the Royals slip down to eighth in the Championship, with the latest setback coming in defeat against Cardiff at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.
The Royals’ full-back Chris Gunter believes that the team must continue to work hard if they are to put an end to their barren run.
The Welshman told Get Reading: “It’s a tough run at the minute. We’re in a run were we’re not playing fantastic, but at the same time we’re not playing poorly.
“Sometimes when you’re on a little bad run, those rebounds and the bounce of the ball don’t go for you.
“There is only one way to turn it around, and that’s to work hard.
“Over 46 games you are not going to have it all your own way and it is important we stay strong and come out the other side on this run.”
Reading boss Steve Clarke has done remarkably well already to assemble a squad capable of challenging for promotion, especially after last season’s difficulties and one good result is likely to put them back on track.
The Royals face Neil Lennon’s struggling Bolton Wanderers at the Madejski Stadium after the international break, in a match that Clarke will be desperate to get a victory.
A win against the Trotters would help get the Royals nearer the top six spots in the division, potentially leaving them one point outside the play-off spots.
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